It’s Valentine’s Day which is either the best day of the year, or the worst day of the year, or no different than any other day of the year, depending on who you are and/or who you’re displaying to the world on social media. It’s a day, at any rate.
And since a day dedicated to love and lust is essentially a national holiday for social media content creators, it seems like a good idea to check in on how the Golden State Warriors are handling February 14.
Whether your Valentine is your love for the game, the Steph to your Klay, or the And-1 to your Dray, we’ve got you covered. pic.twitter.com/i0LdHTQQep— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) February 14, 2020
Okay, okay, okay. We’re doing all right. That Klay Thompson one is pretty good, even if it’s not the first time they’ve used it. That Steph Curry one is pretty good too. Draymond Green? Ehh, stretching it a bit, but we’ll allow it. Puns don’t write themselves.
roses are red— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) February 14, 2020
violets are blue
sinking three pointers
just for you pic.twitter.com/kS28Uxu1FS
Okay, wait. Stop. Stop.
I understand that Jordan Poole - who has been playing well as of late - was drafted largely because of his jump shot. But - and this is a really important but - umm . . . check the numbers.
Poole is shooting 26.5% on threes, which 152nd out of 153 qualified players. He’s shooting 33.0% on twos, which would be last in the league by a whopping 5.8% if he qualified.
So, uhh . . . “Shoot your shot”? . . . In this economy? Not sure what exactly you’re trying to promote here, Warriors . . .
Jokes aside, Valentine’s Day works as well or better than any other day to be thankful and excited. So here are five things to make Warriors fans feel the joyous love today.
Steph Curry is almost back
If you’ve been a Warriors fan for a long time, it can almost be easy to forget that Steph Curry is waiting in the wings. The Warriors are 12-43 at the break, and it’s easy to slip right back into that 2000s mentality. That record feels familiar; comforting, almost. You almost expect Adonal Foyle to suit up with the starters. All is right in the world.
Then you remember that the Warriors just went through five dynastic years, and have a good chance at returning to the top next year. And the first glimpse comes with the two-time MVP, who will be re-evaluated on March 1, and likely make his return to the court sometime later in the month.
Fans may only get a dozen or so games of Curry to whet the appetite before the offseason. But my oh my will it be a welcome sight.
The world is the Warriors oyster this offseason, and it will be fun to see Bob Myers get creative as he seeks to build a fourth championship squad.
Golden State has as many weapons at their disposal as in recent memory, and Myers will surely explore any and all options.
The Warriors will earn one of the top picks in this year’s draft, and have the Minnesota Timberwolves top-three protected pick in 2021, as well. One or both of those could be huge in a trade. And the Warriors can absorb a lot of money in a trade, since they have Andre Iguodala’s trade exception from sending him to the Memphis Grizzlies.
And because the team shed the contracts of Omari Spellman and Jacob Evans III in the D’Angelo Russell trade, they won’t be repeat tax offenders next year, which means they have a mid-level exception nearly twice as big as the one they’ve been afforded in recent years.
Finally, if Andrew Wiggins continues to play as well as he has in his first three blue-and-gold colored games, some teams may be enticed by the three remaining years on his contract.
Add it all up, and Myers and Co. have many different options to explore. If you’re a fan of team building, this will be a fascinating offseason.
And, on that note . . .
Bring on the hate
We don’t know how the Warriors offseason will go, but we do know one thing: It will incite hate from opposing fanbases. If they get the top pick? Fans will riot. Even if they don’t, whoever they draft will cause a few “ruined the league” comments. Why did the other teams let him fall to the Warriors?
If they trade Wiggins for a more proven player? Prepare for the hate. If they make a big trade with their picks and trade exceptions? We’ll never hear the end of it.
And we’ll all love it.
Moving pieces elsewhere
Last offseason saw a lot of big NBA names take their talents to new cities. Just a year after LeBron James joined his third team, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, Paul George, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, and Kemba Walker all found new homes.
Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green didn’t. The Warriors core trio have now been employed in the NBA for a combined 28 years, and all have been with Golden State. That’s pretty special, and, barring something truly wild, they’ll all be on the roster for opening night in October.
More big players will change teams this summer, but Warriors fans get to sit back knowing that Curry, Thompson, and Green are either lifers, or very close to it.
What will Klay get up to next?
We know Thompson is getting antsy as he seeks a return to the thing he loves more than anything in the world: playing basketball.
He likely won’t do much of that until October, but antsy and bursting at the seams Klay will almost surely give us one or seven amazingly memorable moments over the next few months.
I’ll just leave this here for now:
Happy Valentine’s Day, Warriors fans. Enjoy the All-Star Game weekend.